tng wrote:Good evening. I really need your guys wisdom please. I have an out of town friend who's mother was diagnosed 3 days ago with rectal cancer. He came home for her 1st surgery today, which was a colostomy bag. And asked if I could "help as needed", since he was out of town.
With that said, and as a male child, he ask very little....but tells me full plan, in his terms.
She is in mid 70's, and I have no idea of stage.?
Next, they will in next few weeks begin 6-8 weeks of chemo/radiation. Upon success of shrinking will do surgery to remove mass. She will then begin another round of chemo.
She has always been a blessing, but I would like to get a bit of information on what I'm looking at for prognosis.
Do her treatment plans indicate any staging? Does age affect success rate?
I feel unfortunate she is using local, small hospital, which specializes in nothing. Not to say it's a bad hospital, but it's not a specialty hospital for anything.
Blessing to all. Thank you for providing me as much wisdom and knowledge as you can.
I thought they would of done a clinical staging before radiation, surgery or any chemo. This gives the surgeon and ONC an indication of how successfully radiation was and also gives the surgeon an idea of affected lymph nodes and T size of the tumour before he operates. That's how I thought it works.
The clinical staging can be done by CT, or MRI. Although it may not produce a true estimate of the true staging, it still gives an idea of the tumour size and how far its grown through the different layers in the rectum and mesorectum and any suspicious lymph nodes.
Maybe you can request one before radiation starts.
Has she had scans? if so ask for the scan report.
06/2016 Went in for colonoscopy came out with a tumor. Age 35
12cm from verge at junction. Rectal cancer.
Clinical stage T3 NO MO
Completed 5FU and Radiation
LAR surgery planned 13 Oct 2016
Completed ULAR surgery 11-10-2016.
pT3 N0 M0 R1
Pathology reviewed and changed
ypT3 N0 M0 R0
Started folfox 21-11-2016